August 21, 2015

Madriamigas meet Vogue

After two lovely weeks lounging under a sunshade along a Spanish beach, what better way to kick myself back into action than a visit to the Thyssen Museum with my Madriamigas (Madrid girlfriends)? The exhibit "Vogue: like a painting" sounded like the perfect fit and sure enough it was. Not too engaging, but beautiful, elegant and inspiring without spending hours in line to buy tickets.

The exhibition encompassed sixty fashion photographs that took their inspiration from classical painting, housed in the archives of Vogue magazine and taken by eminent photographers of the last three decades.

Echoes of the work of Constable, Zuloaga and Sorolla were present in the photographs included in this exhibition, which brought together names from classic photography with talented photographers from new generations, such as: Irving Penn, Annie Leibovitz, Tim Walker, Paolo Roversi, Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, David Sims, Erwin Olaf, Mario Sorrenti, Michael Thompson, Peter Lindbergh and Cecil Beaton.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum named after its founder who's collection was initially housed in the family estate in Lugano in a twenty-rooms building called "Villa Favorita"

Tim Walker, The Dress Lamp Tree. 
What painting was the inspiration for this photo? Totally clueless.

The coffee cup on the floor makes all the difference.

Tim Walker, Lily Cole on a staircase somewhere in India
Romantic, soft and exotic

How well do we know our art history? Hmmm.

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